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Hundreds participate in the 35th Make-A-Wish truck convoy

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Hundreds of trucks participated in the 35e annual Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Truck Convoy at the Manheim Pennsylvania Auto Auction.

Michael Kindt has been part of the fundraising effort for seven years. Kindt participates every year to give back to the organization that helped his family.

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“I have a granddaughter, a Make-A-Wish child. Unfortunately, she can’t come because of the loud noises, but insurance companies wouldn’t help her with the medical equipment she needed. I called Make-A-Wish. No hesitations. Two weeks later she had everything she needed,” said Make-A-Wish truck driver Michael Kindt.

Many wished kids would ride shotgun during the ride, including Hailey Dougherty.

“I was diagnosed with leukemia in 2020,” said Hailey Dougherty.

Dougherty has been in remission for almost two years. She has been riding shotgun in Kindt’s truck for the past few years.

“I couldn’t ask for a better truck driver,” Dougherty said.

‘She’s a great kid. She grew up very strong,” Kindt said.

This fundraiser will fund 75% of wishes in the Susquehanna Valley. There are currently 75 children in the area waiting for their wish.

“The whole process of granting a wish is amazing. So this event helps us grant more wishes every year,” said Terry Finch, chairman of the Mother’s Day Truck Convoy Committee.

Since the fundraiser’s inception in 1990, more than 11,000 trucks have participated and the event has raised $9.2 million.

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